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The reuse of furniture, electricals and other household items can make a great difference
Not only does it help reduce the amount of waste going to landfill it can also make a difference to people’s lives, as many of the reused items are used by people in need. Some of these people include families fleeing domestic violence, individuals who were previously homeless or leaving the care system.
At the moment local reuse groups and charities need donations of electricals such as washing machines, fridges, freezers and cookers so that they can pass them on to people in need.
Click on the links below to find out where your nearest reuse organisation or charity is and how you can donate your unwanted household items.
Furniture Reuse Organisations
Four Furniture Reuse Organisations operate in Leicestershire. They collect a wide range of furniture, household items and electrical appliances. and by donating items you no longer want or need they can be saved from landfill and given a new lease of life. In addition, volunteers are able to learn new skills such as warehousing, repair and restoration.
Marlene Reid Centre | Furniture Warehouses – Coalville
The Marlene Centre offers a free collection service and while they do prefer to keep it as local as possible, they will collect from Coalville and surrounding villages (such as: Whitwick, Thringston, Huddlescote, Ravenstone, Packington, Ibstock, Ellistown), along with the west side of North West Leicestershire (such as: Moira, Donisthorpe, Measham). Furniture must be in good condition and suitable for reuse. Please note that they are unable to collect electrical items. Call the Furniture Warehouse to arrange a free collection: 01530 512454 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Work-Link Project – Hinckley
They offer a free collection service across the whole county. They try to link nearby collections where possible and so it might mean a slightly longer lead time if you are situated a bit further out. Phone: 01455636506 Email: Donate@worklinkproject.org or contact online: donate | Work-Link.
SOFA – Loughborough
They offer a free collection service across Charnwood and some other parts of the County. See their website to check where they collect from: Collection | SOFA and for further information on donating: Donation | SOFA .
Melton & District Furniture Project – Melton Mowbray
Phone: 01164 410380.
Other ways you can donate
Many charity shops and other organisations accept donations of furniture. You can search for search for them on local directories, some are listed on the Charity Retail Association website and others can be found via the Leicester-Shire Reuse Network
Upcycle your old furniture
Instead of sending your old furniture to a new home, why not learn some new skills to give it a new lease of life? Have a look at our What’s on page to see if there’s a class near you